Navigating the Shadows, acrylic on canvas created by artist Michelle Lindblom

When the Rage is Real

Michelle Lindblom
5 min readFeb 25, 2023

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Releasing —

Rage lingers within

someone is being unnecessarily wounded.

That rage comes up for air.

If suppressed it expands

getting out of control.

A crotchety man mumbling about having to wait in line.

That blonde bitch, he blurts out.

But its not her fault.

She was just trying to use a gift card.

Cash machine malfunctioned.

Jerk.

I want to kick his ass.

But I stand down.

It’s not worth my time.

Don’t know the backstory

But there is always one or two or many.

I let it go.

Everyday Occurrences of Rage

On one of my infrequent trips to Costco, there was a person brushing her teeth in the Costco women’s restroom. She had several bags with her and appeared a bit disheveled. That was my quick observation. As I was walking out of the restroom, a woman angrily marched out to get a manager. Several Costco employees came walking briskly passed me.

I thought to myself, “Angry Woman” tattling on the “Disheveled Woman with Bags”.

I have little doubt Angry Woman felt her individual or family safety was in jeopardy. Making assumptions and muttering accusations about the person using the Costco bathroom as a personal space to clean up. I do not know the story of the “Disheveled Woman with Bags”. Was she homeless, maybe. Had she been working all day and was simply changing clothes and cleaning up? Was she suffering from some kind of trauma or mental health event and needed to be out of the public sphere?

It does not matter.

What matters is this individual was not bothering anyone. On the other hand, Angry Woman was disrupting everyone’s experience. Puffing herself up by taking action based on her own false assumptions. Pretending she was some kind of hero saving others from an imminent threat. Creating chaos where there was none. All because she had fear in her heart which bubbled up into rage and irrational anger toward…

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